SOURCE: Gmarket

April 28, 2009 16:00 ET

Gmarket Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) - Gmarket Inc. (NASDAQ: GMKT) ("Gmarket") announced today its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.

Gmarket reported total revenues of Won 71.9 billion for the first quarter of 2009, representing an 11% increase from total revenues of Won 64.6 billion for the first quarter of 2008.

The Company's gross merchandise value ("GMV"), which represents the total value of all items sold on Gmarket's website, increased by 14% to Won 1,063.7 billion for the first quarter of 2009 compared to Won 933.4 billion for the same period in 2008. Transaction fee revenues for the first quarter of 2009 were Won 40.0 billion, representing a 9% increase from Won 36.8 billion for the first quarter in 2008. Advertising and other non-transaction revenues for the first quarter of 2009 were Won 31.9 billion, representing a 15% increase from Won 27.8 billion for the same period in 2008.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2009 was Won 7.1 billion, representing a 31% decrease from Won 10.3 billion for the same period in 2008.

Net income for the first quarter of 2009 was Won 9.7 billion, representing a 6% decrease from Won 10.3 billion for the same period in 2008. Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2009 decreased to Won 191, or $0.14, down from Won 204 for the same period in 2008.

On a pro forma non-GAAP basis, excluding the one-time effect of the merger expenses, operating income and net income for the first quarter of 2009 were Won 9.1 billion and Won 11.3 billion respectively.

"Despite a relatively slow start to the first quarter, we ended on a very strong note, setting a record monthly high in GMV in March 2009," said Young Bae Ku, Chief Executive Officer of Gmarket. "During the first quarter, we continued to grow our expanding and developing categories while at the same time re-accelerating our growth in categories such as clothing and accessories and computers and electronics."

Investor Conference Call / Webcast Details

The Company's management will review detailed first quarter 2009 results on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m., April 29, 2009 in Seoul, South Korea). A live webcast of the conference call will be available on Gmarket's website at www.gmarket.co.kr/IR/.

Dial-in details for the conference call are as follows:

     US: +1 866 362 4829 or +1 617 597 5346
     Hong Kong: +852 3002 1672
     Singapore: +65 6823 2164
     U.K.: +44 207 365 8426
     Korea: +82 00 308 13 1153

     Password for all regions: Gmarket

A replay of the call will be available beginning April 28 at 9:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m., April 29, 2009 in Seoul) at www.gmarket.co.kr/IR/ and by telephone at +1 888 286 8010 or +1 617 801 6888 with passcode 32560894 (telephone replay available through 10:59 a.m. on May 6, 2009 U.S. Eastern Time (11:59 p.m., May 6, 2009 in Seoul)).

Notes: (1) The Dollar amounts provided in this release are based on an exchange rate of Won 1,372.30 to US$1.00, which is the noon buying rate in effect on March 31, 2009 as quoted by the Federal Reserve. (2) GMV should not be construed as an alternative to revenues or any other measure of performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Other companies may determine GMV in a different manner than Gmarket does.

Pro forma Non-GAAP Information

To supplement the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), certain pro forma non-GAAP financial measures are provided in this press release. Specifically, we have provided pro forma non-GAAP operating income and pro forma non-GAAP net income that exclude certain merger expenses incurred, as well as the related income tax effects of such items. The merger expenses were not recurring expenses and are not directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business operations. These pro forma non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of our financial performance. The Company believes that by excluding these charges, as well as the related income tax effects, the pro forma non-GAAP measures provide supplemental information to both management and investors that is useful in assessing core operating performance, in evaluating our ongoing business operations and in comparing results of operations on a consistent basis from period to period. The presentation of this additional information is not prepared in accordance with GAAP. The information therefore may not necessarily be comparable to that of other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of GAAP to pro forma non-GAAP financial measures which are included below in this press release.

About Gmarket

Gmarket Inc. is a leading retail e-commerce marketplace in Korea, offering buyers a wide selection of products at competitive prices and sellers a comprehensive and flexible sales solution. Gmarket's e-commerce marketplace is highly scalable and facilitates the sale of products in small or large quantities to a large number of potential buyers in a convenient, cost effective and secure manner. Gmarket's e-commerce marketplace is located primarily at www.gmarket.co.kr.

Safe Harbor Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements contained in this Form 6-K may include, in addition to historical information, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe-harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "project," "continue," "plan" or "predict" or the negative thereof or other similar words, although not all forward-looking statements will contain these words. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the Company's ability to diversify revenues; the Company's ability to compete effectively in a highly competitive industry; the Company's ability to anticipate and access technological developments in the Company's industry; the Company's ability to recruit and retain quality employees as the Company grows; the Company's ability to implement the Company's growth strategies; and economic and political conditions in and outside of Korea. Recent global economic events including, but not limited to, the downturn in global economic and financial markets, changes in political, business and economic conditions, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, tightening of the global credit markets, decreasing consumer confidence and slowing of ecommerce growth could also cause or contribute to such material differences in our actual performance, financial condition or results from those contained in this Form 6-K. Investors should consider the information contained in the Company's submissions and filings with the SEC, including the Company's most recent annual report on Form 20-F, together with such other documents as the Company may submit to or file with the SEC from time to time, including on Forms 6-K. The forward-looking statements speak only as of this filing on Form 6-K and the Company assumes no duty to update them to reflect new, changing or unanticipated events or circumstances. You should not unduly rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this Form 6-K.

The tender offer contemplated by the pending business combination transaction with eBay Inc. has not yet commenced. This communication is not an offer, a solicitation or a recommendation with respect to such tender offer. No statement in this announcement is an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The Company intends to file a Schedule 14D-9 solicitation/recommendation statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") relating to this tender offer. The Company understands that eBay Inc. and Internet Auction Company intend to file a Schedule TO tender offer statement with the SEC relating to this tender offer. Security holders and investors are urged to read carefully the tender offer statement (including the offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Company's solicitation/recommendation statement when they are available because they will contain important information about the tender offer and related transactions. Security holders and investors may obtain a free copy of Gmarket's solicitation/recommendation statement when it becomes available, and other documents filed by the Company or eBay Inc. with the SEC, at the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov. Free copies of the Company's solicitation/recommendation statement, when it becomes available, and other filings made with the SEC by the Company may also be obtained by directing a request to Gmarket Inc., 9th Floor, LIG Tower, 649-11 Yeoksam-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-912, Korea, Attention: Investor Relations.

                            GMARKET INC.
                      UNAUDITED BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions of Korean Won and in thousands of US dollars)


                                           December 31, March 31, March 31,
                                               2008       2009      2009
                                            ----------- --------- ---------

Assets
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                W    79,470 W  50,028 $  36,456
   Cash on deposit                              217,000   236,508   172,345
   Restricted cash                               10,100     7,650     5,575
   Accounts receivable, net                      51,725    56,804    41,393
   Current held-to-maturity securities           34,000    46,000    33,520
   Other current assets                          13,256    13,115     9,556
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
      Total current assets                      405,551   410,105   298,845
Property and equipment, net                      30,546    28,163    20,523
Held-to-maturity securities                       6,000     6,000     4,372
Other assets                                     10,093    10,969     7,993
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
Total assets                                W   452,190 W 455,237 $ 331,733
                                            ----------- --------- ---------

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
   Amounts payable to sellers               W   184,221 W 177,105 $ 129,057
   Accounts payable                              28,358    32,702    23,830
   Deferred revenue and advances                  6,000     5,838     4,254
   Sales incentive liabilities                   10,955    11,107     8,094
   Income tax payable                             5,711     2,017     1,470
   Other current liabilities                      7,568     6,107     4,450
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
      Total current liabilities                 242,813   234,876   171,155
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
   Accrued severance benefit                      4,467     4,866     3,546
   Other liabilities                              1,085     1,097       799
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
Total liabilities                               248,365   240,839   175,500
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
Shareholders' equity:
   Common shares                                  5,033     5,035     3,669
   Additional paid-in capital                    93,782    94,606    68,940
   Accumulated other comprehensive income            79       118        86
   Retained earnings                            104,931   114,639    83,538
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
      Total shareholders' equity                203,825   214,398   156,233
                                            ----------- --------- ---------
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  W   452,190 W 455,237 $ 331,733
                                            ----------- --------- ---------




                                GMARKET INC.
                       UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in millions of Korean Won and thousands of US dollars, except per share
 data)

                                             Three Months Ended March 31,
                                           --------------------------------
                                              2008       2009       2009
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Revenues:
    Transaction fees                       W   36,813 W   39,999 $   29,148
    Advertising and others                     27,836     31,949     23,281
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
    Total revenues                             64,649     71,948     52,429
Costs and expenses:
    Cost of revenues                           34,120     39,256     28,606
    Sales and marketing                        12,925     14,950     10,894
    General and administrative                  7,288      8,686      6,330
    Merger expenses 1)                              -      1,974      1,438
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
       Total costs and expenses                54,333     64,866     47,268
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Operating income                               10,316      7,082      5,161
Other income:
    Interest income                             3,143      4,678      3,409
    Others, net                                   133        440        320
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Income before income tax expense               13,592     12,200      8,890
Income tax expense                              3,271      2,493      1,816
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Net income                                 W   10,321 W    9,707 $    7,074

Net income per share - basic               W      207 W      193 $     0.14
Net income per share - diluted                    204        191       0.14
Weighted average number of shares - basic  49,752,548 50,352,319 50,352,319
Weighted average number of shares -
 diluted                                   50,613,952 50,848,986 50,848,986


1) Merger expenses represent advisor fees incurred with respect to the
   business combination transaction with eBay, Inc. These expenses are
   deemed to be non-recurring in nature.  The Company has submitted a 6-K
   with respect to such business combination with the United States
   Securities Exchange Commission on April 16, 2009.



                                GMARKET INC.
                     UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions of Korean Won and in thousands of US dollars)


                                              Three Months Ended March 31,
                                              ----------------------------
                                                2008      2009      2009
                                              --------  --------  --------
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income                                    W 10,321  W  9,707  $  7,074
Adjustments
  Depreciation and amortization                  2,129     2,830     2,062
  Stock-based compensation expense                 470       681       496
  Provision for bad debt                           133        16        12
  Provision for severance benefits                 688       662       483
  Deferred tax assets                                4       (80)      (58)
  Provision for loyalty program reserves         1,383     1,744     1,271
  Others, net                                        5      (401)     (293)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
  Accounts receivable                             (722)   (5,056)   (3,684)
  Amounts payable to sellers                    12,424    (7,115)   (5,185)
  Accounts payable                                (834)    4,347     3,168
  Deferred revenue and advances                    554      (162)     (118)
  Other assets, net                               (933)      (80)      (57)
  Other current liabilities                        236    (6,748)   (4,918)
  Payment of accrued severance benefits            (79)     (263)     (192)
                                              --------  --------  --------
   Net cash provided by operating activities    25,779        82        61
                                              --------  --------  --------
Cash flows from investing activities:
Increase in cash on deposit, net               (11,500)  (19,073)  (13,898)
Decrease (increase) in restricted cash, net     (1,990)    2,450     1,785
Increase in current held-to-maturity
 securities                                          -   (12,000)   (8,744)
Purchase of property and equipment              (2,564)     (430)     (314)
Increase in other assets, net                     (708)     (617)     (449)
                                              --------  --------  --------
   Net cash used in investing activities       (16,762)  (29,670)  (21,620)
                                              --------  --------  --------
Cash flows from financing activities:
Issuance of common shares, net                      23       146       106
Increase in short-term borrowing                     -     5,200     3,789
Decrease in short-term borrowing                     -    (5,200)   (3,789)
                                              --------  --------  --------
   Net cash provided by financing activities        23       146       106
                                              --------  --------  --------
   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
    equivalents                                  9,040   (29,442)  (21,453)
                                              --------  --------  --------
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of period                             48,367    79,470    57,909
                                              --------  --------  --------
End of period                                 W 57,407  W 50,028  $ 36,456
                                              --------  --------  --------




                               GMARKET INC.
                  UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING DATA


                                                    2008              2009
                                         --------------------------- ------
                                           1Q     2Q     3Q     4Q     1Q
                                         ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
G M V (in billions of Won)(1)               933    971    975  1,107  1,064
                                         ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Registered Users (2) (000)               14,260 14,735 15,204 15,685 16,129
                                         ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
Average Monthly Unique Visitors (3)(000) 17,861 18,651 17,840 18,092 17,243
                                         ------ ------ ------ ------ ------


(1) Represents the aggregate value of all products sold on the Company's
    website for the period. GMV is commonly used in the e-commerce industry
    to measure a company's operating performance as transaction fees depend
    in part on GMV.  GMV should not be construed as an alternative to any
    measure of performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
    Other companies may determine GMV in a different manner to Gmarket.

(2) Registered Users include both buyers and sellers who have registered
    with the Company as of the end of the period.

(3) Average monthly unique visitors represents the average number of
    monthly unique visitors to the Company's website during the period,
    measured and announced by Metrix Corporation, a Korean Internet
    research company. Other research companies' results may differ.




Pro forma Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliation to Comparable GAAP
 Financial Measures


(in millions except per share data)


Operating income - GAAP                                 \       7,082
Merger expenses (a)                                             1,974
                                                               ------
Operating income - Pro forma Non-GAAP                   \       9,056
                                                               ------

Net income - GAAP                                       \       9,707
Merger expenses  (a)                                            1,974
Tax effect of excluding merger expenses (b)                      (401)
                                                               ------
Net income - Pro forma Non-GAAP                         \      11,280
                                                               ------

Pro Forma Non-GAAP Net Income Per Diluted Share         \         222
                                                               ------
Shares Used in Non-GAAP Diluted Share Calculation               50.85
                                                               ------

(a) Merger expenses represent advisor fees relating to the business
    combination transaction with eBay, Inc.  These expenses are not
    directly attributable to the underlying performance of our business
    operations.  We believe that by excluding the merger expenses,
    investors are provided with supplemental information that is useful
    in evaluating our ongoing operations and performance.  These expenses
    are deemed to be non-recurring in nature.  Management also excludes
    this expense when evaluating current performance, forecasting future
    results, measuring core operating results, and making operating and
    strategic decisions.

(b) Tax effect of excluding merger expenses from net income.

Contact Information

  • Contacts

    Paul J. Lee
    Gmarket Inc.
    +82-2-3016-4372
    Email Contact

    In the U.S.

    Joseph Villalta
    The Ruth Group
    +1-646-536-7003
    Email Contact